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Wang Yi: Hope Japan Not to Slack off or Fall Back, and Make Joint Efforts with China to Bring China-Japan Relations Back to the Right Track at an Early Date

On January 28, 2018, Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with visiting Foreign Minister Taro Kono of Japan at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing.

Wang Yi welcomed Foreign Minister Taro Kono to visit China. He expressed that this year marks the 40th anniversary of the signing of China-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship, which is of special and significant meaning for bilateral relations. Your visit to China at the beginning of the year demonstrates the Japanese government's strong desire to improve relations between the two countries. China expresses affirmation in this regard and looks forward to the positive results achieved from your visit.

Wang Yi noted that improving and developing China-Japan relations conform to the interests of the two countries and are also the common aspirations of all circles of the society of the two countries. At present, relations between China and Japan are at a crucial stage, which not only enjoy positive progress, but also face many disturbances and barriers at the same time. China-Japan relations have always been sailing against the current, either forging ahead or falling behind. China attaches importance to the positive remarks made by Japan on its relations with China recently, and especially notices that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took the improvement of relations with China as the next important project of administration in his speech to the Diet. It is hoped that Japan will not slack off or fall back, and translate verbal statements into practical actions, as well as make joint efforts with China and meet each other halfway, in a bid to bring bilateral relations back to the right track of normal and healthy development at an early date.

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